ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) – West Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (WA RILab) is pleased to announce and invite applications for the Collaborative Resilience Innovation Design for Food Security and Diversified Livelihoods in the face of Rapid Urbanization (CRID4FAL) Grants.
Are you working on an innovative idea or approach that has the potential to strengthen the resilience of communities dealing with rapid urbanization? The CRID4FAL call is sourcing innovative ideas that can contribute to resilience building in areas affected by recurrent effects of rapid urbanization.
Through CRID4FAL, RAN is looking to select a team of motivated, experienced and innovative resource persons who will then co-create a collaborative, complementary ecosystem of projects designed to strengthen resilience of communities by building their agency to improve and transform agricultural practices and markets that have control of the agricultural value chain, improve the waste management skills and to diversify to profitable enterprises, in ways that are environmentally sustainable. The projects will fit together to deliver services on a common systems level platform (e.g. the ability to use the same mobile-based customer payment system). Applications submitted through CRID4FAL will be used as a basis for selecting a team of co-creators from different disciplinary backgrounds and organizations. The selected team members will then collaborate to transform their ideas into a set of fundable projects that have shared platform integration features.
In the first step of the CRID4FAL process, the WA RILab invites ideas addressing three priority innovation challenges for resilience building around rapid urbanization and its associated shocks and stresses:
· Innovation Challenge 1: Transform Agricultural Practices and Markets
· Innovation Challenge 2: Improve Water, Sanitation, Hygiene & Health
· Innovation Challenge 3: Promote Livelihood Diversification & Financial Inclusion
Phase 1 grants ranging between US$ 30,000 to $100,000 are anticipated for each team formed around the final set of projects selected from those co-created by the co-creation team. The CRID4FAL Call is open from September 15 to October 17, 2016 11:59 pm GMT (local time in Ghana).
For further inquiry, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the WA RILab Offices at the WA RILab Innovation Lab, Dungu Campus, University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana, and phone: +233 502253500 / +233 248326626.
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Veteran Professor changed Makerere and Higher Education
When Professor John Ssebuwufu ambled up to receive a certificate of recognition for his ‘exceptional’ contribution to higher education from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) at Makerere University (MU), he was thinking of many things, such as rewarding staff, that he could have done differently to impact university education more.
But he did what he could have done, under the circumstances.
He presided over MU (in 1993) when student enrolment was 5,000 and left in 2004 when the population was surging to more than 15,000.
He emphasised the use of information communication technologies in almost all the institutions he had been involved in and sent many academic staff on exchanges to boost research and innovation. Now, more African universities engage in ground-breaking research.
So, he proceeded to accept his recognition and make his acceptance speech, which was mostly about gratitude.
Ssebuwufu, 74, who is currently the chancellor at Kyambogo University and the vice-chancellor of the University of Kisubi, is credited for his exemplary leadership and pragmatic methods that have shaped higher education in Uganda and Africa as a whole.
Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022
The Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program is a capacity building project by the AfDB and Japan which was initiated in 2017 with the aim of providing two-year scholarship awards to highly achieving African graduate students to enable them to undergo post-graduate studies (i.e. a two-year Master’s degree program) in selected priority development areas on the continent and Japan. The overarching goal the AfDB and the Government of Japan seek to attain is to enhance skills and human resources development in Africa in under the Bank’s High 5s agenda (i.e. “Feed Africa”, “Light up Africa”, “Industrialize Africa”, “Integrate Africa” and “Improve the quality of life of the people of Africa”) and key Japanese development assistance initiatives. JADS core areas of study focus include energy, agriculture, health, environmental sustainability, and engineering. The program also seeks to promote inter-university collaboration and university-industry partnerships between Japan and Africa. Upon completion of their studies, the JADS scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills in the public and private sectors, and contribute to national and continental socio-economic development.
About the JADS program
The JADS Program is open to applicants from AfDB member countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a graduate degree program in energy development and related discipline. The program does not provide scholarships to any other graduate degree program.
The scholarship program provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance.
Upon completion of their studies, the beneficiary scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills, and contribute to the promotion of sustainable development of their countries.
Who is Eligible to Apply?
The program is open to those who have gained admission to an approved Masters degree course at a Japanese partner university. Candidates should be 35 years old or younger; in good health; with a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in the energy area or related area; and have a superior academic record. Upon completion of their study programs, scholars are expected to return to their home country to contribute to its economic and social development.
- Applicant requests for information and application forms and procedures from the chosen JADS partner university. For any inquiries, please contact JADS@AFDB.ORG
- Applicant completes required documents and sends them to the university.
- University evaluates and selects applicants.
- University sends selected candidates to the AfDB.
- AfDB reviews submissions from universities, prepares and approves the final list.
- AfDB contacts selected awardees, and informs the universities.
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